After three months of testing, Apple is now releasing tvOS 15 and HomePod 15 to the public. This means that anyone with an Apple TV HD (or later) and a HomePod or HomePod mini can download this update.
tvOS 15 and HomePod 15 don’t get as big of an update as iOS 15. In fact, Apple barely mentioned it during the WWDC21 major in June.
Both operating systems have the same version of last week’s Release Candidate: 19J6346. Here are all the new features coming to tvOS 15 and HomePod 15:
To all of you: Browse a new row in the Apple TV app to find something everyone in the house can’t wait to watch.
Shared with you: Movies and shows shared through Messages appear in a new row in the Apple TV app.
my sound location: Listen with AirPods Pro or AirPods Max to experience the cinema with sound that surrounds you.
AirPods Smart Orientation: Receive an automatic on-screen notification to magically connect your AirPods.
HomeKit Camera Improvements: Watch multiple cameras around the house at the same time on your Apple TV.
Surround Stereo Sound: Pair two HomePod mini speakers with your Apple TV 4K and enjoy rich, balanced sound for whatever you’re watching.
Select one or a pair of HomePod mini as default speakers for your Apple TV 4K for rich sound and clear dialogue; Media playback controls automatically appear on your iPhone’s lock screen when HomePod mini is playing music nearby; Set the bass level low to enjoy the music without disturbing the neighbors; Ask Siri to turn on your Apple TV, start playing a favorite movie, and control playback while watching TV; Siri automatically adjusts the speech level according to the room environment and the user’s voice level; Make Siri control your smart home devices at a specific time, such as turning off the lights in 10 minutes; Extend HomePod access throughout your home by activating Siri voice control on compatible HomeKit accessories; Parcel detection support with HomeKit Secure Video.
How do I install tvOS 15 and HomePod 15?
For tvOS 15, users need Apple TV HD or Apple TV 4K, then follow these steps:
Open the Settings app on your Apple TV; Enter the system menu; Click Software Updates; Then download the latest software.
For HomePod 15, users need HomePod or HomePod mini, then follow these steps:
Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad. Click on the Home icon. Click Home Settings. Click Update Software. Turn off the switch next to Automatically install updates if this is the first time you’ve updated your HomePod. Click Install if an update is available.
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